A High Octane Send-off for Rockford Speedway Icon ‘Stan the man’ Burdick
A touching send-off for Rockford Speedway icon, "Stan The man" Burdick.
Longtime Rockford Speedway official, Stan Burdick, passed away on December 20th at the age of 90. On Saturday, he was remembered in a way that would make any race car fan proud. His casket was driven around the track in the back of his 1955 Chevy pickup truck.
The Rockford Register Star reports that the truck has been used for over 60 years by Rockford Speedway's safety crews.
Stan and his Blue Chevy 3200 were a part of the Rockford Speedway since it was being built! He had been an official at the track for all 68 years of its existence! He was inducted into the Illinois Racing Hall of Fame in Roscoe in 2015 for all his years of loyalty and love of racing. Those who raced at the Rockford Speedway said he was every racer's friend, a true icon of the Rockford Speedway's history.
Many who attended, said they were glad to witness Grandpa's final lap. And as Stan always said. "Don't forget to turn left" on his final lap, he did just that. RIP 'Stan the Man', you will be missed.